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president obama's second term team. confirmation hearings for john brennan, are scheduled to begin on thursday. >>> politics now. a group of republican donors is rolling out a new effort to fend off tea party challengers who say are hurting gop chances of taking back control of the senate. their aim is to institutionalize the so-called buckley rule, the most conservative candidate that can win in a general election. the new effort is to be a counterweight of hard-line groups. the organization is already eyeing seats being vacated by tom harkin. >>> later today, former new york city mayor ed koch will be remembered at a funeral service here in manhattan. he died friday from congestive heart failure. >>> finally among the many topics that president obama discussed during that pregame interview yesterday was the boy scouts, whether they should be able to welcome openly gay members and leaders into the organization. president obama answered first with a simple yes before detailing his position. >> my attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way eve
probation to prison time. >>> who is more popular than president obama, vice president biden and house speaker, john boehner, and doesn't have a political job? hillary clinton, that's who. released the poll in which the former secretary of state was voted the most popular national political figure. clinton's favorable rating beat the president by ten points. the telephone poll began last week and ended monday, just as clinton was leaving her job. >> 50 years ago, tomorrow, robert f. kennedy set out on a remarkable walk along the cno canal toe path. that says a lot about his sheer force of will and how much the country lost when >>> 50 years ago tomorrow, robert f. kennedy set off on a remarkable walk. 50 miles from d.c. to harper's ferry, west virginia, and he did it in dress shoes. bruce leshan reports that tomorrow at 4:00 a.m., starting at great falls tavern, another group of hikers plans to do it all over again, but in better shoes. >> oh heaven's yes, yeah. oh boy. >> 50 years later, the memory of bobby kennedy's unclenchable spirit, brings tears to a man who walked with him. >
a little work. >> the obama appointees this month. john brennan on why we allowed tunisia to let the sole benghazi suspect go free and then a visibly angry senator lindsay gralam, talking to leon panetta over president obama's absence of decisions in the attacks on the consulate in benghazi. >> ali an-hahairsi. the tukneesiance detained him, correct? >> he was taken into custody by the tunesians itch they released him? >> they did. >> where is he? >> naze tunisia. >> during that eight-hour period, did the president show any cureiosity about how this is going? what kind of assets do you have helping these people? did he ever make that phone call? >> look, there is no question in my mind the president of the united states was concerned about american lives -- >> with respect -- [overlapping dialogue] >> that incredible statement if he never called and asked you, are we helping these people? >> the questions raise more questions than offer any answers. is america a safer place or in more peril under the obama administration? are we safer or in more peril? >> it's an interesting question. if
to run. >> thursday was not a good day for chuck hagel, president obama's choice to be his next offensive material. his old pal and fellow vietnam veteran john mccain jumped all over him for opposing the search --the surge in iraq. >> were you correct or not to say that the surge would be the month dangerous foreign policy blunder since vietnam? correct or incorrect? yes or no? are you going to answer the question? the question is, where you're right or wrong? that is a pretty straightforward question. i would like for you to answer whether you were right or wrong, and then you are free to elaborate. >> i am not going to give you a yes or no answer -- >> hagel finally gave the answer on the surge that he wanted to give. >> i saw the consequences and suffering and horror of war, so i did question a surge. will this be worth the sacrifice? we lost almost 1200 american during that period was it required, necessary? >> how much of that exchange was political, how much was personal, and how much was related to the defense policy? >> 92, 11, 13. a lot of it was personal. one could not watch tho
win. he called john harbaugh and the general manager. obama says he looks forward to congratulating the team in person at the white house. >>> and coca-cola is celebrating the ravens with a special commemorative can. it's a limited edition super bowl xlvii design. there is only one limited number of both the 12-ounce coca-cola and coke zero cans. they're going to be released at select baltimore and eastern shore stores, so stay with us because we will keep you posted on those locations as soon as we find out what they are. we'll either put it on twitter or facebook. >>> gas is getting expensive and we're working for you this morning. >> yeah. there are ways to save when it comes to filling up your tank. so we've got some ideas to keep more money in your pocket. >>> she says it's devastating, the hospital says it was a horrible mistake, but when you hear what happened to one family after a tragedy, you're going to wonder how could this have possibly taken place. >>> of all things raining down, a meteorologist probably didn't expect this. we'll tell you what happened during a live
captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> brown: john brennan, president obama's choice to head the c.i.a. faced a volley of questions from senators today about counter-terrorism policies, including waterboarding and drone strikes. good evening, i'm jeffrey brown. >> suarez: and i'm ray suarez. on the "newshour" tonight, we excerpt today's testimony, which was interrupted from the start by protesters from the anti-war group, code pink. >> brown: then, we get the latest on the massive manhunt for a former los angeles police office wanted for murder. >> suarez: we turn to iran as the u.s. tightens sanctions but tehran shows no signs of halting its nuclear program or engaging in talks. >> brown: from our american graduate series, we have the story of a chicago non-profit that aims to change the lives of would-be dropouts. >> what's interesting about one goal is that it pinpoints and targets low-income, underperforming students in non- selective chicago public schools, students who are least likely to graduate from high school, let alone college. >> suarez: we look at newly
on a frequent basis. obama trusts out john painter and said we just had a meeting, look at what of bipartisan -- lookout bipartisan manner. but, you know, he does not get away and out of that. obama as the visit is to come out and say look at what a bipartisan aim. we had a nice conversation and then i told him he was a jack as an interim out. what a bipartisan guy a.m. his inaugural was, we will reach out to the other side to try to make things happen and if things don't happen and that is their fault. thank you. thank you for that bipartisanship. you can do that and not feel that. the nice point is try to reverse the polarity. and i was on, appears as the host, i am the guest. within three minutes i was asking questions which is the way to do this. george stephanopoulos is a mess of bali. nobody sees in that way because of his boyish, looks and youthful charm, but george stephanopoulos is a massive bully. in the clinton war room and he pretends he is an objective journalist so that he can ram his agenda that everyone's throat. this civilian -- instead of going in he says i'm not objective,
thing. today's confirmation hearing for john brennan, president obama's nominee to heat cia, it was held in the intelligence committee in the senate, right? well, specifically it's called the u.s. senate select committee on intelligence. this committee was not created until 1976. it was created specifically in response to the recommendations of the church committee. the church committee was a special senate investigation led by idaho senator frank church. it was formed in 1975. their work took nine months and 150 staffers. they produced a two-foot-thick report in may 1976 that said, among other things, that we need congress to oversee intelligence in this country. the way we are overseeing it now is not working. and you know why we can tell that oversight is not working? because the cia keeps killing people. or trying to kill people in other countries that we are not at war with. the cia at the time had taken it upon itself, it wasn't clear if they were acting alone or at various presidents' direction, but they had taken on the job of assassinations in foreign countries. assassinations a
obama's nominee to head the c-i-a, john brennan, faces tough questions at his confirmation hearing. we'll hear from him in three minutes. headed to the bay area this morning. a full forecast coming up at 5-15. and apple facing a big challenge from an investor this morning. that story at 5-26. ♪ i -- i got it, i got it made ♪ i got it made, i got it made ♪ i got it made ♪ fresh at subway ♪ breakfast made the way i say [ male announcer ] at subway, you got breakfast made. like an under 200 calorie steak egg white & cheese. subway. eat fresh. >> president obama's nominee for c-i-a director, john brennan, faced tough questions in his confirmation hearing about u-s covert activities. protestors actually interrupted the hearing at one point. brennan said the obama administration has never killed terror suspects when officials had the opportunity to capture them instead. he spoke about the administration's future use of drones. the president said that these will be legally approved before any action is contemplated including those that could be using legal force. >> president obama
in the afternoon. >> president obama is nominee for cia director, john brennan faced tough questions and his confirmation hearing about u.s. covert activities. prosecutors actually interrupted the hearing at one point. brennan said that at the obama administration has never killed terror suspects when officials have the opportunity to capture them instead. he spoke about the administration's future use of drums. >> the president has insisted that any action we take be legally grounded, the early anchored and intelligence, will have the appropriate review process before any action is contemplated including actions that may involve the use of lethal force. president obama released >> president obama release the administration's classified legal justification for the drought policy to the senate intelligence committee before brent terry. >> boeing is starting to test flights soon of its 787 dream liner. the company says this will allow it to look at the in-flight performance of the airplanes batteries. the faa grounded the dreamliner fleet last month because of issues with its lithium ion batte
, as they head into a tense night. miguel, thanks. >>> now, back east to washington. john brennan, president obama's choice to head the cia in the second term, was grilled by both democrats and republicans at a confirmation hearing today. and it got off to a raucous and noisy start, with protesters and questions about the agency's controversial drone policy and interrogation programs. nbc's andrea mitchell covering in our oh washington newsroom. andrea, it's not every day you hear the order oh to have the hearing room cleared. >> reporter: not indeed. in fact, the senate historians said they can't recall this happening going back to the '60s and '70s. john brennan promised to be open to congress if he is confirmed to lead the cia. even as the white house still limited access to key documents in a hearing that did not get off to a smooth smart. >> members of the committee, i'm honored to appear before you today. [ heckling ] >> polilease remove this woman. we will recess. >> reporter: when john brennan did get to testify, he said he opposed the harsh interrogations during the bush administrat
obama's pick for cia director, john brennan, could face serious heat from members of the president's own party at his confirmation hearing this afternoon. democrats will likely demand answers about the use of unmanned drones to attack u.s. enemies overseas. brennan is the administration's point person on drones, the man who signs off on the kill list. >> i suggest to you that these targeted strikes against al qaeda terrorists are, indeed, ethical and just. >> reporter: the use of drones has grown 700% under the obama administration. we learned just yesterday, that america has a secret base in saudi arabia, used to send drones throughout the region. lawmakers will discover about a document that says american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed if a high-level official believes the target poses an imminent threat. but the government can do so without having clear evidence. human rights advocates disagree. >> that justifies, essentially, a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> reporter: drone strikes have become controversial. in pakistan alone, there ha
it again and can't stand barack obama or anyone he nominates. in a way john mccain made the surge into the war as john mccain would have fought it as commander in chief and anyone who questions it gets the wrath of mccain. i watched that part of the hearing with colonel jack jacobs and patrick murphy, the former pennsylvania congressman who served in iraq. both of them were at the bottom of the pile as he called it. you just view war differently. but the lesson that these two men took from vietnam are so different. hagel took the questioning, the same as patrick murphy did, fielded lied to. >> here's lindsey graham. badgering hagel. badgering is the word for it. whether the iranian revolutionary guard should be termed a terroristic organization. i think this is aimed directly at south carolina's right wing. let's listen. >> if there was a vote on the floor of the senate this afternoon to label the iranian revolutionary guard, the people who have killed our soldiers in iraq, some of the most vicious people to the people of iran themselves, if there were a vote tomorrow or this afte
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in the right direction right now. >> pam: president obama says the proposals he offered house speaker john boehner late last year during discussions over the so- called fiscal cliff are still on the table. however -- boehner says additional tax hikes are out of the question. >> pam: we're learning more about the gunman -- jimmy lee dykes -- who kidnapped a five year old boy. and held him hostage for nearly a week in an underground bunker in alabama. here are new photos released by the f-b-i showing photos right outside the underground bunker. the f-b-i says dykes was involved in a firefight with swat agents before he was killed during operation. bomb technicians also found two explosive devices on the property today. authorities say one explosive was found inside the bunker -- and the other was located inside a plastic pipe. which dkyes used to communicate with negotiators. released a recording of the 9-1-1 call made by the accused of killing two other veterans. investigators are accusing eddie routh of shooting and killing chris kyle and chad littlefield at a texas gun range on saturday.
program came -- undere nomination fire at the nomination hearing for john brennan. the man that president obama has tapped to be his next spy chief says that the white house goes through agony to make sure that there are no collateral deaths in these attacks. >> a panel of senators brimming with questions. barely a few words in, the first interruption but not from politicians. >> i am honored to appear before you today as the president's nominee. >> would you hold please? i will ask the police to please remove this woman. >> four times, protesters interrupted at the hearing. there was a vocal opposition to the program and to john brennan becoming the next director. he was questioned over his past involvement in enhance interrogation techniques. >> i've expressed my personal objections to my colleagues about certain of those situations such as water boarding, nudity, and others. i've expressed my personal objections but i did not try to stop it because it was something that was being done in a different part of the agency under the authority of others. >> when asked about john strikes, he
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been growing at an average of about 2%, unemployment is where it was when barack obama took office, we are adding about 150,000 jobs a month, but john, the real problem here is this slow growing is occurring when we have had five straight trillion dollars worth of defense deficits to pump it up and we get $85 billion a month in transfusions a month from the fed and we are still limping along like a mature and quite frankly modest economy. >> eleanor? >> i think these numbers reflect the fact that government is shrinking and the defense department really pulled back in the last quarter of last year. it is a cautionary sign and looks like both parties are kind of sleepwalking their way toward a sequester. the ropes don't want to -- the republicans don't want to give up anything on the revenue side they would rather take a hit in spending. the democrats have protect social security, pell grants and medicaid, so they are not going to cave first. so if neither party blinks, the sequester will go ahead and we'll see further contraction in the economy. but you know, i'm not that glammy. i tak
now dreads the sequester they voted for. president obama has offered john boehner a way out of sequester hell, a package that involves less dramatic spending cuts and elimination through the reduction of tax loopholes. >> they recognize that the sequester is a bad idea, but what they suggested is that the only way to replace it now is for us to cut social security, cut medicare, and not close a single loophole, not raise any additional revenue from the wealthiest americans or corporations that have a lot of lawyers and accountants who are able to maneuver and manage and work and game the system. and i have to tell you, if that's an argument that they want to have before the court of public opinion, that is an argument i'm more than willing to engage in. >> joining me now is noble prize winning economist paul krugman. he's a professor of economics at princeton university and author of the book, "end this depression now" which is now available in paperback. professor krugman, you know what i do, i take notes. i'm going to be over here taking notes. i want to get your reaction
. they know john brennan is a favorite of president obama. he got a pretty warm welcome up here at a hearing that could about, when you think of it, what some call cia torture. could have been about and was in part, about the u.s. intelligence failures that led to the deaths of four u.s. diplomats in benghazi, libya, but mostly it was about the relatively new phenomenon of raging war by remote control. and what the rules ought to be. talking about u.s. unmanned drones. the predators, and the reapers flying maybe right now in pakistan, in yemen, in somalia. many, many more attacks under the obama administration, 360 so far, and probably just the president's first term, though, no doubt there have been some since he was knock raided for the second, xarpd to 50 in the bush 43 administration. so john brennan was pressed since the new rules on the use of drones finally came out secretly, given to members of the senate intelligence committee overnight, a promise by the administration there will be care taken to maintain american values, maybe even a court setup to review drone strikes before they'
this is it. this is the game right now. >> but, john, i think we're seeing -- the president obama is certainly impassioned. politico sort of outlines a strategy and it's a recipe, but that doesn't mean that the passion for the issues isn't there. i think he really does want and believe that we should have some kind of immigration reform. though as far as the fiscal matter, i think that's where we have a big question mark in terms of how passionate he'll be in terms of fighting for one thing versus the other. and certainly he's going to need some kind of ambassador to the hill. we saw during the fiscal cliff i won't call it a debacle, during the negotiations, at the end of the day, it was joe biden who went up to congress and got it done. i'll read an exermt frexcerpt f reuters. senator obama was here for 30 minutes. senator biden was here for 30 years. he's a lot less cocky, doesn't hog the conversation, and he understands it said an aide to a senior republican senator. the hill doesn't -- never really liked jack lew. they now have dennis mcdonough as a chief of staff. deputy chie
of a key ally. >> john: kathryn hecatherine he, thanks. >> president obama's counter terrorism policy has been getting a pretty close examination this week during cincinnati weeks. tonight our chief washington correspondent, james rosen, reports from the state department on the contrast on how the obama policy has been rereceived versus that of his predecessor. >> americans should not expect one battle but a lengthy campaign. unlike any other we've ever seen. >> their veriation of the detention camp at guantanamo bay, their use of secret cia prisons, approvele of water boarding, reluctance to share classified information and their advancement of novel legal theories to justify it all. >> i've explained to you why we're not turning over the documents. >> the bush administration caught holy hell from the left. >> we declared a war on terrorism. that gives me, george w. bush, the power to pretty much do whatever i want. so if i'm going to detain people in guantanamo bay without charging them, i can do that. if i want to declare an american an enemy combat tant and suspend their civil liberti
obama's state of the union next tuesday. house speaker john boehner called rubio a strong candidate. >>> why did a man sneak into an anne arundel county school. all they know is he said he was bullied while he was there and he was interested in school security. they also know he likes guns. they say it was monday afternoon when 25-year-old justin beaumont slipped by a school employee to get into the high school. they alerted a school resource officer and that led to his arrest. then came word that a search of beaumont home turned up an ak47, two rifles, two handguns and one with a laser site. it's left parents and students pretty rattled. >> i wasn't sure what's going on. it's really scary. >> now, police emphasize he never talked to any students and he didn't make any threats, but he could be looking at 90 days behind bars for school trespassing. >>> fire coming out of the windows. all of the windows obviously blown out. >> an explosion today badly burns a sandwich shop owner. it happened at the williamsburg square shopping center. the victim may have been targeted. bandits broke i
administration between president obama, joe biden, secretary of state john kerry, potential secretary of defense chuck hagel i would argue, is the most pro iran engagement u.s. national security cabinet since the 1979 revolution. this is an administration which desperately does want to do a deal with iran to diffuse the nuclear issue and to gradually reduce our footprint in the middle east. they certainly don't want to the go to war. and i'm not sure if ayatollah khamenei understands this is going to be the best deal he's going to get from the united states. >> suarez:. >> brown: well, the demands for the u.s. and others seems fairly clear and the push for sanctions go on. the iranians say they want the sanctions lifted first. so have you heard anything that suggests it's a sort of vicious cycle in that regard? >> this has also been a perennial challenge that synchronizing negotiations, who makes the first overture, but it's not within the realm of possibilities that the u.s. congress or president obama is going to remove sanctions before the negotiations start and i do see the two sides still b
stanton, nbc news, los angeles. >>> it was a day of heated questioning for the man president obama wants to head the dcia. john brennan was increased hard on the use of drones and enha e enhanced interrogation techniques. government memos show drones have been cleared for use against u.s. citizens suspected as working against terrorists. tracie potts is live in washington with the details. >> reporter: good morning. brennan defended and strongly defended the use of drones but he distanced himself from how the bush administration questioned terror suspects. it looks like john brennan is gaining the support of several lawmakers after defending u.s. drone attacks on terror suspects, even americans. at least three have been killed so far. >> i think any american who did that should know well that they, in fact, are part of an enemy against us and that united states will do everything possible to destroy that enemy to save american lives. >> reporter: drones are used against imminent threats, he said, not as payback. but some are still concerned if it's legal and ask, what if the cia takes o
from code pink interrupted the hearing several times when they did get under way. john brennan defended president obama's counterterrorism policies. >>> a deal is in the work that could create the world's largest airline. mary ann rafferty has details. >> reporter: there is tuck of a merger between airlines. it would become the world's largest anterior line by passenger traffic. some analysts say that might not be enough to save american airlines whose parent company filed for bankruptcy in november 2011. >> don't get too misled by size. a brontosaurus was really large at one time but didn't do very good. >> reporter: american airlines ceo will likely move to a seat on the board of directors. u.s. airways ceo is expected to run the new airline. customer may not be so lucky. >> people's wallets right now tell exactly how much they will pay for tickets right now. long-term, we'll pay more for our ticket prices. >> one airline traveler suggests there are always other options. >> i think that southwest and jetblue will continue to undercut them where price and even some services are concern
the newscast. back to you. >> all right. thanks. >>> it could be a grueling day for president obama's pick to head the cia. john brennan will face tough questions from democrats and republicans during his confirmation hearing. brennan, who is the president's chief counterterrorism adviser now, is under scrutiny for the administration's use of drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate intelligence committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation policies. brennan served in the cia under president george w. bush. >>> today is defense secretary leon panetta's turn to answer questions about september's deadly attack in benghazi, libya. he and the chairman of the joint chiefs will testify before the senate armed services committee. they will discuss the results of the defense department's internal review of the attack on the u.s. consulate. four americans were killed there including ambassador chris stevens. >>> the threat of huge budget cuts next smooth forcing the pentagon to make a drastic move this morning. defense secre
. [ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> cenk: welcome to "the young turks." let's start with john brennan the top counter terrorism administrator for president obama. president obama want to nominate him to the head of the c.i.a. he was known to have been aware of or part of the torture. president obama insisted on renaming him head of the c.i.a. anyway. he said over the last four years, the american people have gotten used to how right wing i am, so will go along with my pick. the question is will the senate. >> we'll ask the police to please remove this woman. if you would remove that individual please, as quickly as you can. thank you. >> kathy and my brother, tom. >> i speak for the mothers -- >> all right, we will stop again. all right. >> pakistan, somalia. if you don't know who they are i have a list of all the names. >> we're going to halt the hearing. i'm going to ask that the room be cleared and that they not be permitted to come back in. >> cenk: way to get them. senator feinstein spent a lot of the hearing defending john brennan, talking about the so-called american citizen al awlkai. he was a u.s. cit
the past four years has been john brennan, president obama's homeland security advisor and his pick to become the next director of the central intelligence agency. in may, 2010, mr. brennan publicly declared that we do not describe our enemy as jihadists or islamists because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenant of islam, meaning to purify one's self or one's community. and there's nothing holy or legitimate or islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children, closed quote. mr. speaker, the unavoidable reality is that self-described jihadists have routinely gone about murdering innocent women and children for decades. it should alarm us all that neater john brennan nor -- neither johnen nor hillary clinton nor seemingly anyone else in the obama administration has fully recognized the scope of this jihadist threat. they seem blind to the fact that the islamist and the jihadists here and elsewhere in the world, in the west, are even now engaging in a previolent form of holy war against infidels and the free world. and the administration has refused to face the fact tha
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, may 7th, just before the evening newscast, john brennan, president obama's to white house adviser on counter terrorism. had a conference for advisers who had become frequent commentators on tv news shows. is that an accurate statement? >> who was involved in that conversation? in that interview. >> i believe that the people who were on that phone included one of my predecessors, townsend, roner crecy, prichard clark, i think these are individuals who served in the government, and are counter terrorism professionals. >> any others you can think of? >> i do not remember the others. >> do you have notes from that conversation? >> there are notes, yes, that people took that have. ment?ve those been turned over >> the justice department, as i said, i volunteerly and eagerly engaged -- >> that wasn't the question. >> everything that was available on that has been turned over to the department of justice, absolutely, senator. >> did you turn those notes over? >> my office turned everything that was available on that, yes. >> who took those notes? >> senator, i was not taking notes at th
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down >> john: you're a real progressive, and president obama did take a lot of criticism from the progressive-based throughout his first term. >> yes. >> do you thinking thinking think progressives view him differently, or are they going to give him a hard time on drones and the drug war? >> i think president obama is a fellow progressive but we also know that it is the grassroots calling for justice calling for fairness calling for sanity that wins the day. if we just say look here, mr. president, go handle it, we probably won't get the outcomes we want because the president is being tugged on from all different directions and by from different interests. we need to be in there pulling the president to do the right thing the same way martin luther king jr. called on president johnson to support civil rights. we in the grassroots have to call on the president to do the right thing, marriage equality, income fairness, and a whole range of other things. >> john: congressman keith ellison, democrat from minnesota and co-chair of the progressive caucus, thank you for joining us an
in an instant. at&t. ♪ >> the time is a 20 5:00 a.m.. president obama is nominee for cia director, john brennan, face a tough questions in his confirmation hearing. protesters actually interrupted the hearing at one. perry ed brennan said the obama administration has never killed terror suspects when officials had the opportunity to capture them instead. he spoke about the administration's future use of drones. >> president obama released the administration's classified legal justification for the drone a policy to the senate. intelligence committee before brennan's hearing. >> a new poll out this morning shows new jersey governor chris christie's approval rating is slowing. it is now 73 percent. the majority of independents and democrats surveyed also approved of the job kristi is doing. while approval ratings of his hand a list of super storm sandy are high, the poll found voters were split on his handling of the economy. that is the issue most voters are concerned are right now. >> boeing is planning to start test flights soon of its 787 dream liner. the company says that this will shoallowe
, and the joint chiefs chairman, general martin dempsey. arizona republican john mccain asked about a report that president obama rejected a proposal to arm syrian rebels last summer. >> did you support the recommendation by secretary of state... then secretary of state clinton and then head of c.i.a. general petraeus that we provide weapons to the resistance in syria? did you support that? >> we did. >> you did support that. >> we did. >> suarez: so far, the president's judgment has been that things won't get better with american arms. instead, he's warned the weapons might fall into the hands of extremist elements, a concern reiterated today by the new secretary of state, who was asked about the deliberations last year. >> i don't know what the discussions were in the white house and i'm not going backwards. the new administration, we're going forward from this point. there are serious questions about al nusra and a.q.i.-- al qaeda in iraq-- and other violent groups on ground. >> suarez: those groups are among the most effective fighters against the assad regime. they include jabhat al nus
growing obama appointees on two fronts. listen to republican senator marco rubio press john brennan on why we allowed tunisia to let the only benghazi suspect go through and listen to lindsey graham question leon panetta. >> doesn't sound like a good system working with our foreign partners. >> during that eight-hour period, did the president show any curiosity about how is this going, what kind of assets do you have helping these people? did he ever make that phone call? >> there's no question in my mind the president of the united states was concerned about american lives. >> with all due respect, i don't believe that's a credible statement if he never called and asked you are we helping these people. >> the questions raise more questions than offering any sort of answers so i asked is america a safer place or in more peril under president obama's war on terror. oops. we're not supposed to call it that. are we safer or in more peril, kimberly. >> if you're in the drone program, you are pretty happy about killing terrorists. i'm concerned about lost opportunities in terms of being able to
prepares for its confirmation to the stop spot in the cia. john brennan is president obama's choice to be the next cia director and will face sufficient questions about the drone program at his confirmation hearings tomorrow. >> let's check in with talker. >> nice, cold start to your day. temperatures falling back for the most part in the upper 20s and low 30s. we are chilly but hoping for a little sun later today with temperatures in the mid-40s. so no travel issues if you are headed to the airport, that kind of thing. let's kick it off bay look at the numbers. a quick reminder, the kids going to the bus stop will want to be prepared for a cold winter morning as we've fallen back into the upper 20s and low 30s no much of the area. 32 in quantity you co. 28 in leonardtown. 32 in baltimore and in gaithersburg. and i mentioned 37 here in town. 30 in morning out in culpeper. our average daytime high now in the mid-40s. i think we'll get real close to that. we are hoping for about 44, 45 this afternoon. it is all about getting some sunshine. we've been trying to work it into the forecas
times in our nation's capital. president obama failed to submit a budget plan, and republican house speaker john boehner is calling him out on the missed deadline. "this was supposed to be the day he submitted his budget to the congress. but it's not coming. it's going to be late. some reports say it could be a month late." the white house spokesman says republicans should take up and pass the president's previous budget plans, which include billions of dollars in revenue from higher taxes. according to reports, the white house did not release an exact date on when the president will issue his next budget, but the white house reportedly is blaming congress for taking until january to work out a deal that would avoid the fiscal cliff. new york governor andrew cuomo proposes one of the most ambitious home buyback programs ever attempted. $400 million would be used to purch homes destroyed by superstorm sandy along the state's coastline. the governor would then preserve that land so that nothing could be re-built, thereby re-shaping how the coastline would be used. the purchase program
in to the demands of congress. and today, in a senate confirmation hearing lawmakers will grill john brennan, obama's choice to lead the cia and also an architect of the drone program and a vocal supporter. >> we conduct targeted strikes because they are necessary to mitigate an actual ongoing threat to stop plots, prevent future attacks, and to save american lives. >> but it was the killing of an american citizen in yemen that raises all the questions. u.s. drones killed u.s.-born cleric anwar al awlaki, he was tied to the terrorist plots including the underwear bomber but never charged in u.s. court. iran claims it has unlocked the encrypted surveillance images from a spy plane drone. cnn cannot independently verify the authenticity video which is running on iranian state television and youtube. >> translator: this aircraft has had many flights in countries around iran and operations that have taken place in pakistan, this aircraft has provided guidance. >> the u.s. has never confirmed that iran shot down the drone, only it somehow vanished over iran. president obama asked iran to return it but t
." >>> president obama's cia nominee john brennan spoke on drone strikes. he said the strikes are used against targets planning attacks and not as a tool of retribution. >> the controversy of the use of drones isn't stopping the military from testing the next planes. they can be completely guided by computers, not people. david martin is in maryland to show us the latest technology. david, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. i'm standing in front of a very large unmanned aircraft flown by the navy over the persian gulf. it flies at 60,000 feet and is designed only for surveillance but there are others which are designed to carry weapons. the x-47b is capable of carrying 4,000 pounds of weapons although right now it is only loaded with incenter umentes as it is launched from a land-based catapult. remember, there's no pilot on board with a stick and rutter. it's responding to a computer program. call it point-and-click flying. the x-47b is taking drone warfare to a whole new level. >> the test went very well and it's very significant because this is the first time we're actually doing cata
at -- peek at the senate confirmation hearing. john brennan, the c.i.a. director nominee, president obama's c.i.a. director nominee, senators grilling him on questions ranging from drones to waterboarding to authorized leaks and on and on. so it's ongoing and i think bret baier will summarize the whole hearing at 6:00 o'clock. so stay right here. in the meantime, the u.s. drone program has come under intense scrutiny this week. on monday, nbc published a confidential justice department memo outlining the expansesive justification with which the u.s. drones authorizes the drone strike. earlier this weekers jay carney defended the president. >> we have acknowledged, the united states, that sometimes we use remotely piloted aircraft to conduct targeted strikes against specific al-qaeda terrorists in order to prevent attacks on the united states and to save american lives. we conduct those strikes because they are necessary to mitigate ongoing actual threats, stop plots, prevent future attacks and again, save american lives. the strikes are legal, they are ethical and they are wise. >> just hours
obama, vice president biden, congressman paul ryan, senator marco rubio and new secretary of state john kerry. she comes out at a 61% approval rating. her husband, bill clinton, who played a big part at getting president obama re-elected is speaking at a keynote conference in leesburg, virginia. joe, it's great to see you. first off, your reaction to those polls there and seeing hillary clinton at the top 61%. any surprise to you? >> no, i don't think there's a surprise at all. i think she was an admired figure before she went to the state department and it only built upon that. i wouldn't make too much from the differential between her and president obama either. when you're in office and you're fighting every day, and the fights are partisan, you know, then 30, 40% of the country is not going to be admiring of you on any given day. i think there's something, too -- the same thing happened with her husband when he left office. you know, his numbers grat you'dly went up and i think it's a recognition of what she's done over her whole career. >> right now it's a one-way street with this
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echoed up and down pennsylvania avenue in washington today. president obama called yesterday for a small package of tax hikes and spending cuts to avert the sequester, much larger cuts now set for march first. but house speaker john boehner said today the president has to accept major spending reductions just as republicans had to agree to raise the national debt ceiling. >> we got the debt limit out of the way so that we weren't jeopardizing thfull faith and credit of the united states vernment. at some point, washington has to deal with its spending problem. i've watched them kick this can down the road for 22 years that i've been here. i've had enough of it. time to act. >> sreenivasan: at the white house, spokesman jay carney it's the republicans who are being irresponsible, by rejecting the president's appeal out of hand. >> he put forward a proposal for avoiding that outcome while congress continues working on longer term deficit reduction. that's the sensiblehingo do. why make-- why punish the american people because you haven't been able to achieve your ideological objectives thr
. >>> president obama's nominee to head the cia can look forward to a grilling on capitol hill this morning. during confirmation hearings, john brennan will be asked to explain the legal justification for predator drone strikes against u.s. citizens. lawmakers are expected to zero on on mr. obama's chief terrorist adviser and what he knew and when he knew it. the tactic faces new recruit any of after release of confidential documents. >>> and there are documents showing drones used to kill members of al qaeda. that brought back after demands of the legal justification for the strikes. late wednesday the white house bowed to growing political pressure and agreed to hand over the documents to congress. >>> senator dianne feinstein said lawmakers should know what brennan knew and when he knew it. she released a statement, it is critical for the committee's oversight function to fully understand the legal basis for all the counterterrorism operation. >> last summer, brennan said the use of drone strikes by the u.s. has turned al qaeda into quote, a shadow of what it once was. under president ob
. counter terrorism advisor john brennan and president obama's choice to be cia director. his confirmation hearing begins in two and a half hours from now. >>> in tunisia today riot police filled the air with tear gas trying to keep furious crowds under control. have a look. these are the biggest and loudest protests in tunisia since the revolution there two years ago. the one that sparked the whole arab spring. a vocal critic of the government was shot dead outside his home yesterday. that infuriated people who say he was assassinated. it was political. they were already unhappy with tunisia's political situation since the arab spring the new islamist led government is keeping down individual freedoms. the people are not happy. tunisia's prime minister fired his cabinet and called for new elections hoping to calm tensions, then his deputy said the party wasn't unified on that. and it might not happen. we are watching developments. >>> let's gets back to our top story. a shooter on the loose in los angeles. the suspect a former cop is identified as christopher dorner. he was fired from the
john brennan expeditious >> reporter: john brennan described as architect of the expanded drone campaign is now in the crosshairs of republicans democrats and mr. obama's traditional support others the left. >> it's a program that used very minimally by president bush. now there are over 3,000 civilians who have been killed in this program. >> on brennan's watch, anwar al-awlaki was the first american successfully targeted for death in september 2011. two weeks later his son was killed in a drone strike. >> i think it's fair to say, far fewer civilians lose their lives in an effort to go after senior leadership and al-qaeda along the lines we are discussing as opposed to an effort to invade a country with hundreds of thousands of troops and take cities and towns. >> reporter: the draft memorandum mem oh targeting killing of americans is described as overly simplistic. >> before they decided to take an extraordinary action and essentially unilaterally execute an american says they wanted legal cover. >> reporter: senator ron widen is going to pull out all the stops to justify kil
could be a grueling day for president obama's pick to head the cia, john brennan will face tough questions from democrats and republicans during his confirmation hearing. brennan who is the president's chief counterterrorism adviser is under scrutiny for using drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation policies. brennan served in the cia or worked in the cia under president h.w. bush. >>> and we're learning more information about the winning powerball ticket worth $217 million. the ticket was sold at the richmond national airport. at the lottery self-serve. 5, 27, 36, 38, 41, and the powerball number 12. if you have friends or family who bought a ticket at the richmond airport, you may want to give them a call to check their ticket. and after you call them, why don't you call us, so we can share. we can all share. >> at least we can share your good news. and tom has news that's not so bad for us because it sounds like we might miss some of the real bad stuff, huh
. . >>> thank you for joining us. i'm hey hey. >>> the president's -- i'm jc hayward. john brennan has to answer some tough questions about the obama administration's use of human drone strikes. >> reporter: lawmakers get their chance to grill the president's pick to run the nation's top spy agency. it comes in the middle of a growing controversy over u.s. drone strikes targeting terror suspects overseas. brennan helped manage the drone program. >> there were many cases we're talking about hardened terrorists but we do need to have a different approach when an american citizen is involved. >> reporter: now the white house is letting lawmakers look at classified information explaining the legal justification for using strikes targeting american terror suspects. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are raising concerns about the program. brennan is also expected to face tough questions about his time as a c.i.a. executive during the bush administration and what he knew about enhances interrogation techniques. >> he's going to face questions from democrats about his prior role in detention and rend
the expanded u.s. policy of using drones to target terror suspects. john brennan is president obama's pick for cia director. as the president's counter terrorism advisor brennan is the one who led the drone campaign. but at his confirmation hearing today we can expect senators to grill him over using drones to target american terror suspects overseas. he's also likely to face tough questions over leaks about a cyber attack on iran, and a mole in yemen, we are keeping an eye on that. >>> president obama recognizes a soldier's uncommon valor in a few days, when he awards a medal of honor, we spoke to the man who led troops out of a trap in afghanistan, when he had no doubt, that he would die. his story, his bravery, when we come back. yy. why take exercise so seriously,when it can be fun? push-ups or sprints? what's wrong with fetch? or chase? let's do this larry! ooh, i got it, i got it! (narrator) the calorie-smart nutrition in beneful healthy weight... includes grains and real chicken, because a healthy dog is a playful dog. beneful healthy weight. find us on facebook to help put more pla
, president obama once again urged lawmakers to reach a deal soon. john boehner called for quick action. >> i have had enough. it's time to act. >> i'm prepared, eager and anxious to do a big deal, a big package that ends this governance by crisis. >> the president wants fewer cuts and more tax revenue. that's the same argument he made during the fiscal cliff talks with republicans late last year. >>> a new push in maryland, it's aimed at preventing the long lines during early voting. today the house ways and means committee is considering a bill to increase the number of early voting center. last fall some voters stood in line for hours just to vote early. until this new proposal, even county would get more voting locations officials would ultimately decide where they go. governor o'malley is also pushing to increase the number of early voting days from six to eight. >>> a news4 exclusive tonight. metro is testing the tracks for the silver line. we're getting the first and only look before riders hop aboard. >>> people love the redskins, but a lot of people don't love the name. we'll talk ab
the acting head is right now? is it john brennan as the national security advisor? is it president obama? i mean is it jay carney? we don't know. we don't know who at the whitehouse is making these decisions. >> that's what makes us different is we ask these questions of our president that we fought for. >> yeah. >> these are real questions that should be answered. >> bill: it's. what do you think? 866-55-press. i am there is -- i am not totally against drones. i am just saying we have to know what the rules are and who is pushing the button. we will be right back. >> heard around the country, and seen on current tv this is "the bill press show" t [ music ] his ability, is trying to look out for us. that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us. (vo) this afternoon, current tv is the place for compelling true stories. >> jack, how old are you? >> nine. >> this is what 27 tons of marijuana looks like. (vo) with
ahead of john brennan's confirmation hearing to head the cia, the obama administration's drone program is drawing new scrutiny from both sides of the aisle and raising big questions about just how far the government should go in targeted assassinations without oversight from congress or from the courts. joining me now for our daily fix, msnbc contributor and "usa today" washington bureau chief. chris, first to you, i don't think there is any big question so far as to whether or not john brennan is going to be confirmed at least going into the hearing, but this is a real debate now. because of michael isikoff breaking the story and finding that white paper, and discovering that the justice department had at least september that much to the hill, some members, the 11 senators and at least three the committee asking big questions about why there isn't more oversight. >> what's fascinating is when they announced the trio of nominations, john kerry at state, chuck hagel at defense and john brennan for cia, i remember being on the show and saying i think hagel will be the most controversial
a decade of major budget increases. president obama nominated john brennan, his closest adviser on intelligence and counter terrorism matters for the past four years. mr. brennan is without a doubt qualified for this position. he served at the cia for 25 years in analytic, operational, and managerial capacities. he has seen the agency from just about every angle. as a line analyst, as chief of station, as chief of staff to the director, and as the deputy executive director, among many others. people who have worked closely with him regularly cite his work ethic, his integrity, and his determination. in nominating john brennan, president obama spoke of his " commitment to the values that define us as americans." [inaudible] noted his impeccable integrity and dedication to country is second to none. without -- with unanimous consent i would like to insert into the record letters the committee has received in regard to mr. brennan's nomination. john brennan by all accounts will be a strong leader. get it for me but a lot and his strong ethical code -- guided by the law and his stro
in public when president obama's choice for cia has his confirmation hearing. john brennan will be asked questions about interrogation techniques such as waterboarding including carrying out drone attacks against u.s. citizens. the white house is expected to stay ahead of that controversy. last night the administration acknowledged it would give congressional committee members access to classified documents that outline the government's stance on drone strikes against suspected terrorists who are also american citizens. the report will be in the hands of those lawmakers just hours before john brennan's confirmation hearing begins, and he will be the one today who's answering questions about the legality of killing americans who are believed to be senior al qaeda leaders such as the american-bern cleric anwar al awlaki who was killed in a 2010 drone strike. critics say the strikes violate the law. >> we have a president who is doing something that even president bush didn't do which is to order the killing of the united states citizen without clear evidence of an
hearing for the man nominated to be the next head of the cia. john brennan the architect of the obama administration's drone program strongly defended their use saying strikes only take place to prevent terror threats, not as punishment for them. >> i think there's a misimpression on the part of some of the american people who believe that we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressi transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative to taking an action that's going to mitigate that threat. >> democratic senator ron widen, when has demanded more insight to the legal justification, pressed brennan on the issue. >> you believe that the president should provide an individual american with the opportunity to surrender before killing them? >> any american who joins al qaeda will know full well that they have joined an organization that is at war with the united states and that has killed thousands upon thousands of individuals, many, many of them who are americans. so i think any a
forceful warning to date that lawmakers may stall or even block mr. obama's nominee to run the cia. white house counter terrorism advisor john brennan unless the senators get good cooperation from the administration like providing the secret legal memos, quote: congress and the public can decide whether the president's power to deliberately kill american citizens is subject to appropriate limitations and safeguards. republican senator susan collins who signed a letter telling fox late today the refusal to release the secret memos is hypocritical. >> obama administration that released all of these opinions from the office of legal counsel about the bush administration's treatment of detainees. so, why the different standards? >> brennan is expected to be pressed thursday not only on the targeted killing program but the cia interrogation program. critics call torture and whether he was or knows the source of these national security leaks to the media shep. >> shepard: you mentioned critics, catherine, many of them are saying the president isn't really living up to his own promises. >> they
of the senate intelligence committee. john brennan is president obama's pick to head america's spy agency, the cia and some democrats plan to grill him about the drone program. one of the bigger issues, how it justifies marking americans for death by drone strike. let me bring in the panel for you. ben stein, back today. editor in chief of the daily download and also syndicated columnist, you can read his work as salon.com and a contributor to the "huffington post" and a regular on the show, legal analyst and prosecutor sunny hostin. welcome to all of you. let me begin with you here. what do you think? under what circumstances should the u.s. be allowed to kill americans. >> under the law, the first situation should be that the u.s. actually brings a single charge against the people that it is targeting for assassination. that is missed. we are having a drone war that's going on. the u.s. citizens that have been targeted for assassination have not been charged with crimes. there is supposed to be a check on power and the question should be why is the government not charging the people it
to be confirmed. >>> it could be a grueling day for president obama's pick to head the cia. john brennan will face tough questions from democrats and republicans during his confirmation hearing. brennan, the president's chief counterterrorism adviser, is under scrutiny for the administration's use of drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate intelligence committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation policies. brennan served in the cia under president george w. bush. >>> members of the senate intelligence committee will soon learn more about the obama administration's drone program. the white house says the justice department sent classified advice about the program to the senate and house intelligence committees. the documents reportedly state that it is legal for the government to kill u.s. citizens overseas if it believes they're high-ranking terrorists who are trying to kill americans. >>> and a drastic call by the pentagon this morning ahead of what could be huge budget cuts next month. the navy will reduce the number of
john brennan's confirmation hearing. he's president obama's pick to head the cia. he'll face tough questions from democrats and republicans. nbc's tracie potts is live on capitol hill with a preview. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. in a written response to those lawmakers he faces later today, brennan says that those drone strikes are rare but are legal. he is defending them and will talk more about that today. he'll be asked more about that today as the top counterterror adviser for the president. the white house also releasing what had been a classified memo to lawmakers on these intelligence committees with the legal justification for why the u.s. thinks or, as the white house put, it we're doing this for the right reasons in the right way. but the ucla, privacy groups, lawmakers, even some states disagree. 11 states are trying to restrict how drones are used in their areas. but the big question is, can the administration without a court getting involved, without prior approval, use these unmanned drones to kill terror suspects overseas that are sometimes american citiz
in washington, president obama's nominee for the cia chief goes before a senate committee. where he may be grilled about the use of drones and extreme interrogation techniques. i am talking about john brennan whose hearings are set to begin in 15 minutes. she he is a strong supporter of drone strikes and you can expect tough questions on the drones overseas. a neighbor's phone call leads to the rescue of a 17-year-old boy in kansas city, missouri. he was frail, thin, curled up on a concrete basement floor and handcuffed to a pole. he told police he was locked there since september, fed instant oatmeal and ramen noodles and bologna sandwiches and allowed to use the bathroom three times a day. >> he had lost a lot of weight. he looked very grayish kind of. like that pale gray color. they said he was very dehydrated. >> what are did you feel seeing that? >> i was heartbroken honestly. >> there is a court hearing under way in the case. we will have much more on the story ahead in the show. trying to destroy the bunker where the man held the little boy hostage in alabama for almost a week. t
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